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Special Rosh Hashana Edition

Special Yom Kippur Edition

Knesset Israel recently installed a camera and livestreaming system in our sanctuary. The goal is to make services that take place in the sanctuary widely accessible, even while we are compelled to limit attendance because of concerns about contagion.

We are streaming services on Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Sunday, 8:45-9:30 a.m. For information about service schedules for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, please consult the KI calendar. Any service that takes place in the sanctuary is livestreamed.

Please note that we simultaneously broadcast to Kindle Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. On any of those services, search for the app "Boxcast", add it to your service, open it and search for "Knesset". When you click through, you will find the livestream and archived videos.

We recommend that those watching from home:

  • Use a siddur, preferably a printed and bound volume.
  • Click the "full screen" button to make the picture as large as possible.
  • Use a very large screen (like a TV) for the broadcast. Perhaps you have a setup you prepared to watch the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival? It should work well for this too. OR find us on your ROKU, Kindle Fire TV or Apple TV device. Download the Boxcast app and then search for the Knesset Israel channel.
  • Set aside "holy space and time" for prayer.
    • Sit or stand at a distance from the screen. Try not to type at all and avoid using the mouse much.
    • Mute notifications from other apps and programs on your computer.
    • Minimize interruptions and distractions.
    • Let yourself be engaged in worship, song and study.
    • Dress nicely for shabbat.
    • You might also transform your space for prayer by adding a wall hanging or repositioning furniture.

The system we installed is relatively shabbat-friendly. There are ways to watch it from home that are mostly in harmony with shabbat. We turn on the camera and sound system before shabbat and do not manipulate them during the holy day, even scheduling broadcasts in advance with a timer app. Those who observe shabbat more strictly might be more comfortable if they point their browser to this page before shabbat and disable their screen saver and automatic monitor shut-off. Once the livestream starts, click the "play" button onscreen to view, follow along and participate.

For the recent Committee on Jewish Law and Standards responsum about livestreaming on Shabbat and Yom Tov, please click here. The end of the paper includes technical advice for viewing a livestream service on shabbat. Depending on the settings you can use for your television, participating in services using Roku, Apple TV or Kindle Fire TV may be even more compatible with shabbat than using this website.

Depending on the broadcast, it may be possible to arrive later, then scroll left to right to find the parts of the service you would most like to see. This is, however, less in tune with traditional observance of shabbat.

Every shabbat service includes some davening, Torah reading, haftara, prayers for healing and a chance to study Torah together. To keep the service inside a 2-hour envelope for the safety and comfort of the people in the sanctuary, we change the service from week to week in five ways:

  • Lengthening, shortening or omitting Pesukei DeZimra
  • Reciting the shaharit amidah out loud or "heicha kedusha"
  • Adjusting the length of the rabbi's teaching or D'var Torah
  • Abridged or complete haftara
  • Musaf as usual, or omitted

Most weeks the Torah service will begin at about 10:15.

Updates on the livestream will appear in Kol KI and in the weekly email. To sign up for the email, please email the office.

We welcome gifts in support of our livestream.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781